Wing Chun: Is Wing Chun a waste of time?

It has become fashionable to debate the merits of each martial art. This is a pass time as old as martial arts themselves, but YouTube seems to have provided something of a resurgence. It was during a chance search through YouTube that the Joe Rogan Show gave pause for concern. Joe Rogan made two observations…

Wing Chun: and the internal martial arts

If I push you backwards, and you lower at the knees – perhaps tilting forward slightly at hips – then you won’t move backwards, not one inch. This is because you’ve changed your centre of gravity and channelled my forced downwards to the ground. Should you feel any tension, it will be at the shins,…

Wing Chun: Internal Wing Chun – an introvert with a grandiose vision

He gazed at me threw a pair of thick rimmed glasses. He was short, dark haired and carried himself with a familiar unease; unease, because he was a persistently akward chap, and familiar, because he made such an effort to be chummy. I had arrived early and we were engaging in a little pre-class conversation….

Wing Chun: Turn and Face the Change (a bad Wing Chun day)

I’m ready. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Can’t wait to gain new skills. Yesterday’s session was great, but today’s…absolutely terrible. Why is it that our abilities can fluctuate so much? Learning an art isn’t plain sailing; bad training days can shift your focus from that positive appreciation of what you’ve learned, to staring into…

MMA vs. Tai Chi: the story of master Wei Lei and Xu Xiaodong

The two circled sizing one another up. Master Wei Lei looked poised and expert, his hands raised in practiced precision. Xu Xiaodong brought his arms up languidly. Xu Xiaodong was questing, making probing motions as he circled, gauging his opponent. Master Wei Lei moved with care, left arm raised forward just above head height, the…

Wing Chun: Out with the old…

I was standing with the university official. It was just the three of us. I’d been summoned through from the class not understanding quite what was happening. I was a PhD student and my sifu was keen to get himself out of a bit of bother with the university. The question on the official’s mind…

Martial Arts: Show me the Money!

The Wi-Fi router looked good. Its four green glowing buttons declaring its clear proficiency – that’s a considerable number of buttons by anyone’s reckoning. I had been at loggerheads with my flatmate for some months over who should sign up for the broadband. I’d held off. It had been some time since we’d had working…

Karate: School Bully’s Revenge

Everyone knows a made to measure suit is a thing of beauty. It’s fitted exactly to your frame with all the love and care the tailor chooses to give, but sometimes we don’t need bespoke, sometimes we just want to grab a suit off the rail. It’s cheaper, it’s easier and quite frankly who can…

Wing Chun: man to man

Parents spend a fortune trying to give their children an edge in the rat race of the British education system. They’ll buy homes that fall in the right school catchment area, force them into various extra curricular activities, pay thousands for a public school education, and pack in those extra hours of private coaching. Some…

Wing Chun: After Hours

I always value exclusivity; it makes a person feel special. Being privy to that extra something that others don’t have. This is a very English trait, not so much having something that others covet, but having something they don’t know is even on the table. This could be alluded to with a tie or blazer,…

Wing Chun: that magic touch

The thing that distinguishes Wing Chun from other martial arts, perhaps more than anything else, is its sensitivity. It is understandable that, when looking to defend yourself against an unruly assailant, most people would probably place the need for sensitivity fairly low on the agenda. Though – as it turns out – that would be…

Wing Chun: The perfect Siu Nim Tao

Teachers will all tell you the importance of Siu Nim Tao. They’ll tell you it is at the centre of all Wing Chun and that it’s the building block for all that is to follow. It’s a foundation that is returned to again and again throughout your learning. Some might take all this to mean…